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The Retreat Selous, is a twelve-suite exquisite hideaway that offers complete seclusion in the heart of remote bush lands.

Elephants, lions, black rhinos, leopards, wild dogs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles and more than 400 different birds can be seen among many other wildlife.




The accommodation at Retreat Selous is mounted on raised teak wood platforms, raised to a height of over 6 metres and protected by two layers – a strong mosquito net as an inner wall and heavy duty canvas on the outer side. All suites can be fully opened to the sounds, breeze and full view of the nature!

The suites are finished with beautiful bespoke furnishings, which have been blended to create a unique sense of comfort and natural luxury using principles of Feng Shui and interior design:


Each suite has:

A private outdoor deck with seating and signature outdoor antique copper bathtubs
A comfortable king size bed surrounded by a silk mosquito net
Indoor en-suite facilities, including separate shower and specially commissioned washbasins made from semi-precious stones
Carefully designed interiors are complemented by handpicked African antiques and local/natural materials




Two towers with telescopes
Private butler service
Large infinity pool and private plunge pools
Three bars serving your favourite drinks and snacks: at the Fort the sunset bar has an additional infinity pool
Laundry service


Sense to Africa Spa
An enriching, outdoor natural River Spa, romantically situated on the shores of the Great Ruaha River. The philosophy of the Spa is to enhance the experience of African nature and wildlife with its sights, sounds, smells and taste through body work and balance the needs of body, soul and mind.



Dining at Retreat Selous
Besides the restaurant at the Fort, there are several attractive areas in which you can dine:

Bush dining – freshly prepared food is cooked in situ over an open fire! (weather dependent)
Local and international cuisine, produce is brought in from coastal regions and prepared by The Retreat’s skilled chefs, who are trained under Wolfgang Kuchler, a leading 18 point Gault Millau cook from Switzerland.


Other Activities

The Retreat Selous provides a spectrum of fauna and wildlife nearby and choose two inclusive activities per day. The Retreat has something for everyone…

Game drives deep into the bush
Escorted safari walks & hikes tracking untamed animals
Escorted boat excursions on the Great Ruaha River
Drift down the Great Ruaha River in a canoe to view the vast array of birdlife, flora and fauna.
Line fishing may be rewarded by bagging the likes of tiger fish and catfish
Sleep under the African Sky in a fly camp complete with private cook, butler and guide
Spa treatments



Environment and Local Community

The Retreat has been influenced and touched by places that had create a core sense of belonging and that reflect the history, natural habitat and cultural heritage of the local people.

The staff are hired locally, giving huge employment to the surrounding areas and directly supporting large numbers of the local community.

Passionate for wildlife conservation, the preservation of fragile communities and the environment as a whole, The Retreat’s mission has been realised in the Selous Game Reserve.

The Retreat combines the integration of locally sourced products and an ambience that is deeply rooted in Africa.

At The Retreat, guests can learn about the ongoing commitment to preserve the Game Reserve and by staying at the property, guests will help to ensure that their work continues and that their passion is shared a little further.



Our Opinion The Retreat Selous

The Retreat provides luxurious and unique accommodation – where attention to detail has been paramount – set in beautiful surroundings rich with wildlife and birdlife, right on the banks of the Ruaha River.


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If you have travelled with us before you will know we love nothing more than creating bespoke safari adventures across Africa and beyond. If you’re yet to do so please get in touch, we’re here to help.

Call: 01227 753 181

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is the same or better than with the property direct.


  • Category
    5. Ultimate
  • Location
    Selous Game Reserve
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    The Retreat Selous

Additional Information

Additional Information
  • Guide Price
    From USD $695 pppn All Inclusive
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